Food truck gathering is Sunday

Food Trucks at the Fountains, the monthly gathering of Wichita’s food trucks at the Waterwalk fountains, is scheduled for Sunday.

The event will feature the usual list of food truckers, including The Flying Stove, Let’m Eat BratsMMM Sandwiches and Cake Face all serving their menus from noon to 3 p.m.

The Waterwalk is at 515 S. Main.

The winner: Hatch green chile hummus

Saturday’s Chile Fest and Food Truck Iron ChileHead Cookoff at Johnson’s Garden Centers was as fabulous as it was sweaty.

The winning dish

I sat on a judges’ panel that also included local foodies Guy Bower and Joe Stumpe.

Our job was to choose a winning dish from among several created by a group of food truckers using Johnson’s roasted Hatch green chiles.

It wasn’t easy, but we picked a winner: The Hopping Pita chef Roni Attari’s Hatch green chile hummus served with pita chips coated in Hatch green chile oil.

Chef Roni Attari and his ChileHead trophy.

The dish was spicy and flavorful and fabulous. My second-favorite dish: A peanut butter cookie sandwich filled with chocolate ganache spiked with Hatch green chiles. The amazing Cake Face bakers were responsible for that one.

We also had a great green chile pizza made Hopperoni Express, and MMM Sandwiches made an MMM taco that was full of all kinds of meat and green chile flavor.

Me, my mini-me Alexis, Guy and Marty Johnson broadcasting live Saturday at the Johnson’s Garden Centers Chile Fest.

I took home a bag of the green chiles Johnson’s was roasting on spot and on Sunday night whipped up my own amazing batch of chile verde, using the chiles plus tomatillos and pork. Here’s the recipe I used.

Johnson’s will have the chiles on sale at least through mid-September at all three of its locations: 2707 W. 13th St., 6225 E. Shadybrook and 802 N. Ridge Road. A bag of peppers costs $7.99.

The green chile pizza created by Hopperoni Express

 

Talkin chiles live on air with the Good Life Guy

Dinner last night, which I made using a bag of Hatch green chiles I got at the event.

Food truck gathering is back on for Sunday

Let’m Eat Brats will join the group at this month’s food truck rally.

Trouble with licensing last month prevented the local food truck fleet from putting on what had become a monthly gathering at the WaterWalk.

But those issues are now resolved, said organizer Jeff Schauf — an owner of the Flying Stove – and the July gathering is on for Sunday at WaterWalk Pavilion.

The event will feature many of Wichita’s food truck vendors, including new additions Let’m Eat Brats, Hopperoni Express and  The Hopping Pita. Old faithfuls  B.S. Sandwich PressCakefaceThe Flying Stove and MMM Sandwiches will be there too.

The day will start with 10 a.m. outdoor yoga, then from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m., the trucks will be serving and jazz will be playing.

MMM Sandwiches has its own spot

Michael Awesome-Noyes

When a food truck grows up, it parks. Apparently.

Earlier this week, MMM Sandwiches owner Michael Awesome-Noyes opened a stationary cafe in the Thorn Building at 8300 Thorn Drive, near 37th and Rock. It’s called MMM Sandwiches Hole in the Wall Cafe, and the menu features a long list of sandwiches plus salads and some breakfast items. Recently, the Cake Face food truck owners announced that they’re also planning a stationary spot, and another local truck has hinted to me that it’s looking for a spot, too.

Awesome-Noyes, who no longer is a one-man act now that he’s brought on employee Dustin Cenneno, says he’s not planning to give up the truck entirely. He’ll likely hit the road more often for special events rather than just for weekday food service, he said. He’ll take the truck to the 1/2 Grass Festival at the Shamrock next weekend and also is in talks to partner with a downtown bar, where he’d park on Fridays.

The hours for the tiny new cafe, which is open to the public, are 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-806-4301.

Food trucks throwing a Cajun party

The Flying Stove’s new Cajun menu

Hold on to those Mardi Gras beads you collected on Tuesday.

The local food truck fleet is gathering in a couple of weeks to put on a belated Mardi Gras party. Spearheaded by the Flying Stove, which just today put out its tempting Cajun menu (mmmmm, Po’ Boy), the event will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, near the WaterWalk Pavilion. The truckers have obtained permission to close down part of Water Street to set up the event, and they’ll have a live jazz band performing.

So far, the usual suspects such as   B.S. Sandwich PressMMM Sandwiches, Cakeface Bake Shop and Espresso To Go Go are on board and are planning Cajun items for their menus. The Flying Stove guys encourage any other food truckers who are interested in joining in to contact them via their Facebook page.

Flying Stove’s first birthday party

The Flying Stove’s first day in business was Dec. 8, 2011.

A year and hundreds of servings of crying tiger Thai tacos, Umami burger and rolled chicken doobies later, Wichita’s original food truck is celebrating its first birthday surrounded by a bunch of restaurants-on-wheels that followed in its footsteps tire tracks.

The Flying Stove’s owners and operators, brothers Jeff and Rob Schauf, have organized another food truck rally, scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 in the parking lot south of Intrust Bank Arena at Commerce and Waterman. Many of Wichita’s food trucks will participate, including  B.S. Sandwich PressMMM Sandwiches, Cakeface Bake Shop and Espresso To Go Go. Those same truckers got together in October for a Halloween-themed food truck rally.

If all of you cooperate and vote correctly, I will be reunited with this amazing banh mi sandwich on Dec. 22.

The brothers will be serving free birthday cake and selling their new T-shirts at the Dec. 22 event.

The most exciting part (to me, anyway) is that they’ll also be serving a menu of their greatest food hits from the past year, as voted on by their customers.

The Flying Stove’s Facebook page has on it a slide show of some of the truck’s most popular dishes, including my all time favorite banh mi sandwich. They’re asking customers to vote for their favorites by “liking” the pictures. The top vote getters will make it on to the new menu, which will be served at the rally.

I beg of you all: VOTE FOR THE BANH MI!!!!!!!!!

Voting is open through Friday. Go to the Facebook page and look for the post that’s titled “2012 Greatest Hits Menu.”

‘Truck or Treat:’ All the food trucks together

The Flying Stove will be part of the Oct. 26 Truck or Treat event.

A who’s who of Wichita food truckers are planning to gather for a food truck-a-palooza on Friday, Oct. 26.

The Flying Stove, B.S. Sandwich Press, MMM Sandwiches, Cakeface Bake Shop, Espresso To Go Go and Jarhead’s will all be operating from 6 to 9 p.m. that night in the parking lot south of Intrust Bank Arena at Commerce and Waterman.

They’re calling it “Truck or Treat,” and the event will have a Halloween theme. The truckers are encouraging diners to attend in costume, and they’ll be passing out candy. They also plan to project a Halloween theme movie onto a building.

The truckers all got together for a meeting recently to plan the event. They hope to start putting on similar gatherings on a monthly basis.

Food truck “rally” on Saturday

A whole bunch of local food trucks will be in the same place on Saturday, helping The Douglas Design District is putting on a food truck event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Douglas and Oliver.

The event will feature MMM Sandwiches, B&S Sandwich Press and Espresso to Go Go. It’ll also have Monica’s Mobile Cupcakes, which is a van full of cupcakes from Monica’s Bundt Cakes, though not a full-fledged food truck. (But still delicious!)

It also will include live music from the Tom Page Trio from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as a show of historical Wichita photographs put up at 4726 E. Douglas. Events will take place on both west corners of Douglas and Oliver, and the stage will be behind Watermark Books and Cafe at 4701 E. Douglas.

Wichita food trucks gathering for a cause

The only problem with the cooperative agreement worked out by three Wichita food trucks: How am I supposed to decide which one to patronize???

On Sunday, The Flying Stove, MMM Sandwiches and B.S. Sandwich Press will gather in one place to help raise money for victims of the recent tornado in Wichita.

All three will be set up in the parking lot of the Wichita Ice Center, 505 W. Maple, from noon to 3 p.m., when they’ll participate in the center’s Thunder Tailgate Party.

Here's what The Flying Stove will be serving. I have it on good authority that it's ALL delish.

That event lasts from noon to 4 p.m. and also includes a live band. The three food trucks will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to tornado relief efforts.

Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food items, which will be gathered and donated to victims.

Actually, I’ll probably choose MMM Sandwiches on Sunday, simply because I’ve already dined at the other two trucks and one blog reader has informed me that MMM Sandwiches’ Cuban is “the best thing that has ever been in my face.”

UPDATE: I’ve just learned that all three food trucks also are teaming up with Johnson’s Garden Center on Thursday (4/26) for what the business is calling “Food Truck Thursday.” From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., one of the food trucks will be serving at a different Johnson’s around town. The Flying Stove will be at 21st and Woodlawn. MMM Sandwiches will be at 2707 W. 13th. And B.S. Sandwich Press will be at 802 N. Ridge Road.